12 Awesome and Fun Arts and Crafts Kits for Older School-Age Kids

Best kits to inspire creativity in kids

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Besides reading a great book, one of the best ways to spend some time quiet time relaxing together as a family is to work on some great kids' crafts together. And these kids' crafts kits would be perfect for a fun activity at a kids' party as well. Here are some terrific arts and crafts kids to inspire kids' imaginations and creativity.

1. Smarts and Crafts Case

This arts and crafts case is a sturdy case that contains everything from felt, pom poms, and sequins to googly eyes and pipe cleaners.

You and your child will be able to create lots of fun projects with these handy materials. Available at Hearthsong, $34.98.

2. Make Your Own Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscopes are great to play with, but making your own adds a whole new dimension of fun. This kit by Seedling includes confetti, rhinestones, cardboard tubes and sticky colored paper that kids can use to create their very own designs to make kaleidoscopes. Available at Seedling, $39.99.

3. Rainbow Loom Bracelet Making Kit

The kit that started the rubber band bracelet-making craze, the Rainbow Loom kit comes with a loom, rubber bands, hook, c-clips, and instructions. Make a few with your child and you'll soon know why making these rubber band bracelets and other jewelry is so much fun and addictive. Before you know it, you'll be making simple bracelets such as a single pattern bracelet or fishtail bracelet to more complicated designs such as the double braid bracelets.

Available at Amazon.com, $12.99.

4. Photo Props Kit

This super-fun photo props kit comes with pre-cut shapes like glasses, mustaches, hair, and bowties that you can glue onto the dowels included in the kit. You and your child will be able to make lots of fun photo props and use them to create funny faces for photos.

It's a great idea for kids' parties! Available at ​Paper Source, $14.95.

5. Moulin Roty Sewing Kit

The French company Moulin Roty makes quality toys, and this sewing and knitting kit is no exception. At around $63, it's not cheap, but this lovely little kit has it all--needles, thread, yarn, and knitting needles. You may be able to put together a kit like this on your own, but the quality--not to mention convenience, make this charming kit a great gift for a crafty child in your life. Available at Bonjour Petit, $63.

6. Alex My First Sewing Kit

If you're looking for a sewing kit that's a bit more budget-friendly, this kit by Alex might be just what you need. It comes with needles, threat, a pin cushion, thimble, buttons, pre-cut felt shapes and stuffing, and more. Available at Michael's, $24.99.

7. Creativity for Kids Origami

Kids can make cute origami creatures including a cat, snake, and a frog with instructions in this fun origami craft kit from Creativity for Kids. The kit includes origami paper in beautiful print designs as well as embroidery floss, googly eyes, and other little details you can glue on to create adorable paper origami animals and creatures.

 Available at Target, $9.99.

8. 4M Magnetic Tile Art

Kids can paint beautiful designs on these tiles, which can then be glued onto the provided rubber magnets to display the tiles on any metal surface. Each kit includes 12 tiles, rubber magnets, double-sided adhesive tapes, paint, and paint brush. Available at Amazon.com, $13.99.

9. 4M Kitchen Science

This kit is more science than arts or crafts, but it's sure to be a hit with kids (not to mention extremely educational!). Kids can perform 6 different science experiments using ordinary kitchen ingredients. Science projects include generating electricity with a lemon and launching a rocket with vinegar. Also made by 4M, which has an impressive array of science kits for kids, arts and crafts kits, and robotics kits. Available at Fat Brain Toys, $12.95.

10. Kraul Science Kits

Kraul is another company that offers a wide range of scientific toys designed to get kids thinking and encourage experiment and exploration. These sturdy, well-constructed German toys allow kids to learn about how cable cars and pulleys and steam engines work to what goes into building a bridge. Kraul Cable Car with Baskets Kit available at Crayons.com, $29.95; Kraul Trout Boat Kit, available at Crayons.com $39.95.

11. Melissa & Doug Create-a-Craft Race Car and Train

These beautiful and sturdy wooden toys are ready to be painted and assembled by your child. The kits include paint, paint brush, glue, and stickers to make it easy for your child to decorate the train or race car to make it look exactly the way he wants. Available at Amazon.com, $11.89.

12. Wind Chimes

Another excellent arts and crafts kit from 4M is a wind chime that kids can paint and assemble. The kit includes 2 mini terra cotta pots, paint, paint brush, cord, filament, and chime rods. Kids will love decorating and assembling these wind chimes, and will proudly hang them to let them dance and chime in the breeze. Available at Amazon.com, $12.97.

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